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Histamine, ZO-1 and increased blood-retinal barrier permeability in diabetic retinopathy.

PURPOSES: First, to develop an improved retinal capillary endothelial cell culture system which exhibits some of the physiologic features of the bloodretinal barrier; second, to use this model to determine how histamine and chemical conditions of diabetes effect expression of the tight junction protein, ZO-1; and third, to discuss application of the Henle-Koch postulates to the problem of diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: Bovine retinal capillary endothelial cells were exposed to varying serum and growth factor concentrations, as well as astrocyte-conditioned medium, in order to establish a model of the blood-retinal barrier. Cells were also exposed to varying concentrations of histamine, and of insulin and glucose. The expression of ZO-1 tight junction protein was determined by immunocytochemistry and immunoblotting. RESULTS: Modified concentrations of growth factors reduced endothelial cell proliferation, without reducing viability. Astrocyte conditioned medium increased ZO-1 protein content. Histamine reduced ZO-1 protein content. Both high glucose (20mM) and low insulin (10(-12)M) reduced ZO-1 protein content compared to control conditions (5mM glucose and 10(-9) M insulin). CONCLUSIONS: Control of culture conditions results in a more physiologic in vitro model of the blood-retinal barrier. Soluble factors from astrocytes promote tight junction formation. Both histamine and chemical conditions of diabetes diminish tight junction formation. These factors may mediate blood-retinal barrier breakdown in diabetic retinopathy. Henle-Koch postulates for diabetic retinopathy are presented.[1]

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  1. Histamine, ZO-1 and increased blood-retinal barrier permeability in diabetic retinopathy. Gardner, T.W. Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society. (1995) [Pubmed]
 
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